Denslow History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Denslow family

The surname Denslow was first found in Yorkshire where Ralph Damisel, Dameisele was listed in the Pipe Rolls of 1191 and 1204. Again in 1204, Henry Damisel was recorded in the Pipe Rolls for Gloucestershire. A few years later, Roger Damisele was recorded in the Curia Regis Rolls for Berkshire in 1214. [1]

"This surname is derived from a nickname. 'the damsel'; Old French damoisel, a young squire or page." [2]

The Hundredorum Rolls for 1273 had only one listing, that of Simon Damsell in Buckinghamshire while the Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379 had two: Johannes Damysell; and Robertas Damsell. [2]

Early History of the Denslow family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Denslow research. Another 99 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1379, 1535, 1553, 1553, 1555, 1553, 1582 and 1685 are included under the topic Early Denslow History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Denslow Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Damsel, Damisell, Damsell, Damysell, Densell and others.

Early Notables of the Denslow family (pre 1700)

Distinguished members of the family include Sir William Damsell, who was knighted on October 2nd, 1553 at Westminster at the Coronation of Queen Mary in the presence of the Queen by the Earl of Arundel who was commissioned to knight those present. He was Receiver-General of the Court of Wards and Liveries and a Member of Parliament. His family hailed from Devon and he was first elected in the House of Commons of England as a member for Wilton in 1553, and in 1555 returned to represent Arundel. In 1553...
Another 89 words (6 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Denslow Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Denslow migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Denslow Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Nicholas Denslow, who arrived in Dorchester, Massachusetts in 1630 [3]
Denslow Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Denslow, who arrived in Mobile, Ala in 1821 [3]
  • C E Denslow, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851 [3]
  • W J Denslow, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851 [3]
Denslow Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • G. H. Denslow, aged 65, who immigrated to America, in 1904
  • Mrs. Wm. Denslow, aged 27, who landed in America, in 1904
  • W. W. Denslow, aged 49, who immigrated to the United States, in 1905
  • Marie Denslow, aged 54, who immigrated to the United States, in 1905
  • William W Denslow, aged 49, who settled in America, in 1906
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Denslow (post 1700) +

  • William Wallace Denslow (1856-1915), American illustrator and caricaturist, best remembered for his illustrations on book The Wonderful Wizard of Oz


  1. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  2. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  3. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)


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